Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) to the Upper Quarter

About the Course
This course provides the clinician with an understanding of the treatment concepts, as well as specific techniques, in order to effectively incorporate Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilizations (IASTM) to common musculoskeletal disorders of the upper quarter. This course reviews the fascial system, including local and regional fascial tracks, as well as the pathophysiology of fascial dysfunction. The evidence supporting the biological effects of IASTM on soft tissue healing, as well as clinical outcome studies are summarized. The treatment principles and parameters of IASTM are presented, including soft tissue assessment and treatment strategies, indications, relative precautions and absolute contraindications, the role of complimentary treatment approaches, and the importance of immediate re-assessment. Other principles of IASTM, including recommended treatment time, appropriate degree of applied force, and proper sequencing of physical therapy interventions are discussed, based on scientific principles and expert opinion. Different tool options are addressed and the advantages and disadvantages of each are summarized. This course lecture is supplemented with over 40 video- based techniques. The videos emphasize correct patient positioning and execution of IASTM.

Learning Outcomes
  • 1Recognize the factors that can affect the biomechanical properties of fascia.
  • Identify the benefits of using IASTM for the clinician.
  • Recognize the general indications for using IASTM.
  • Identify the contraindications of using IASTM.
  • Locate the normal vs abnormal tissue reactivity in response to IASTM.
  • Select one indication for applying IASTM to the Suboccipital region.
  • Select one indication for applying IASTM to the Upper trapezius muscle.
  •  Select one indication for applying IASTM to the Infraspinatus muscle.
  • Select one indication for applying IASTM to the Teres Major muscle.
  • elect one indication for applying IASTM to the front fascial arm line.

About the Author
Bob has 25 years of clinical experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. He is currently the director of the Human Performance Optimization team for the 103rd rescue squadron in Westhampton, NY. His prior experience includes working in hospital-based and outpatient private practice facilities. He has extensive experience in the treatment of patients with orthopedic and sports-related conditions. including recreational, elite and professional athletes. He previously worked at the renowned Andrews Institute, where he worked under Dr. James Andrews.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 70% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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